New to Me – May 2018

Sorry for the super-long delay in posting here at Dude Central (not counting yesterday’s repost).

I had a mission, should I have chosen to accept it, that I had to take care of.

Yes, you are looking at Tom Cruise, why do you ask?

Ethan

Anyway, I’m back now and hoping to keep up the blogging goodness that you all (well, my one reader anyway) are expecting.

And why not start again with this month’s “New to Me games” post?

It was a pretty lean month for games (I was away saving the world, you know) (Editor: Ssshhhh!!!! That was classified!). But I did manage to get four new games in, and three of them were pretty good!

First, though, we are recruiting new Cult of the New to Me members. We especially need somebody to be treasurer because…well, let’s just say that the books are pretty much the opposite of balanced.

But that’s not important right now.

So without further adieu (all the adieu went up in a fiery explosion in the jungles of Brazil anyway), let’s get started!

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New to Me – April 2018

April was an interesting month for the Cult of the New to Me.

First, we had our new member initiation, but nobody came (oops!). (Editor: Doesn’t help that you gave them the wrong date)

Then I took a look at the new to me games this month and found quite the eclectic collection.

There is some Uwe Rosenberg love in here, a couple of small card games, a new expansion for a great game that I haven’t played in a while, and only three of the seven games were published in 2017 or 2018.

That’s true to the new motto of the Cult: “It doesn’t have to be new to be new to me.”

(I’m selling T-Shirts with that, don’t all come to the counter at once, though)

Anyway, without further adieu (Odin ate all the adieu anyway, greedy bastard), let’s get going!

A Feast for Odin (2016 – ZMan Games) – 1 play

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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg

Artist: Dennis Lohausen

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New to Me – January 2018

It was actually a pretty light month for new to me games. Between being sick and missing two game days/nights and then actually playing a few games multiple times, the new experiences were few and far between.

In fact, I only have two new games, though I finished the month on Sunday with a new expansion for an awesome game.

Because I was so “Cult of the New” last month, this month I went old (and one of them was really old!). My only 2017 experience was actually the expansion.

So, without further adieu, here we go!

The Pursuit of Happiness (2015 – Stronghold Games/Artipia Games) – 2 plays (owned)

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Designers: Adrian Abela, David Chircop

Artist: Panayiotis Lyris

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Top Games Played in 2017 – Honourable Mentions

I managed to play 100 games in 2017. That’s a record for me, I think. Some were new to me (58 of them) while others were old favourites.

Seven of my Top 10 games played were actually new to me, so they couldn’t have appeared on my list last year.

When I was going through the 100 games, I marked off the games that I felt might make my Top 10 and then checked to see how many I had chosen. Turns out that I had chosen 16. From that, I formed my Top 10, but that leaves 6 really cool games that could conceivably have made the Top 10 but didn’t quite do so.

So why not tell you what those are?

Hell, I need content, so why not?

Here they are, the Top 11-16 games I played last year, in no particular order.

Great Western Trail (2016) – Stronghold Games

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Designer: Alexander Pfister

Artist: Andreas Resch

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Top 10 Games Played in 2017 (5-1)

Thankfully this post isn’t coming to you really late, like in mid-February. That would be a bit stale, wouldn’t it?

I wanted to get this posted last week, but a bad cold did me in.

Gollum

Yes, Gollum, I agree.

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath. I’m sorry for those of you who may have keeled over waiting.

Hopefully it will be worth it.

What were the Top 5 games I played in 2017? These are games not necessarily published in 2017 (though the oldest is 2015, actually), but just the top 10 games I played.

The top #10 – #6 can be found here.

Let’s find out, without further adieu (I think I generate a lot of adieu when I have a cold)

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New to Me – November 2017

November was not looking like a good month for “new to me” games, but the last two weeks really picked it up.

I managed to end up playing four new games and two new expansions.

What is the Cult of the New to Me? Read about it here.

So let’s jump right into the gaming goodness.

Azul (2017 – Plan B Games) – 1 play

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New to Me – October 2017

Welcome to this month’s New to Me post, as discussed on an episode of the Boardgames in Bed podcast (not this month’s, but the concept of “New to Me” games)

It was looking like a lean month for new to me games in October. That changed on the final weekend, where I played two of the best new games I have played in quite a while.

That gave me a total of six new to me games, maintaining my Cult Leader status!

Why don’t we start with the good stuff and head downward?

Time of Crisis (2017 – GMT Games) – 1 play (owned)

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This is a game that I have been wanting to play since somebody mentioned it on their “new to me” post on BGG a few months ago.

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